The agreement late last year in the CD to establish an Ad Hoc Committee to negotiate a ban on the production of fissile material has encouraged UNIDIR to dedicate this issue of Disarmament Forum to that topic. Included are forward-looking appraisals written by experts on what will be key factors, topics and divisions in the negotiations. Also included in this issue is a completely updated edition of The Fissile Material Cut-Off Debate: A Bibliographical Survey (UNIDIR Research Report no. 38), first published in 1996. This is a useful compilation of recent articles in English and French concerning fissile materials.

Disponible aussi en français.


  • Editor’s note, Kerstin Hoffman

  • Special Comment, Mark MOHER

  • Background, Rebecca STEVENS

  • A FMCT: Can We Get from Here to There? Lewis A. DUNN

  • Fissile Material Treaty: Negotiating Approaches, Tariq RAUF

  • FMCT: Some Significant Divisions in the Scope Debate, Victor BRAGIN & John CARLSON

  • The FMCT and Cuts in Fissile Material Stockpiles, Frank N. von HIPPEL

  • Verification of a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty, Annette SCHAPER

  • Reconciling IAEA Safeguards Requirements in a Treaty Banning the Production of Fissile Material for Use in Nuclear Weapons or Other Nuclear Explosive Devices, Thomas E. SHEA

  • Transparency and Fissile Materials, Frans BERKHOUT & William WALKER

  • Fissile Materials Bibliography, Scott CANTOR, Katie CRANE & Haynes COONEY

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